MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
Wagging through the Snow
A Melanie Travis Mystery
by Laurien Berenson
First published: Sep 26, 2017
Genres: Detective · Fiction – Mystery
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
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File Size: 566 KB
Print Length: 224 pages
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“If you like dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis mysteries!” —Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author
Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree . . .
With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it’ll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December.
Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove—right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.
I happily read this intriguingly comical mystery. It has been years since I read A “Pedigree to Die For” and the others of the first five novels in this series. I was showing dogs at the time and poodles was my breed of choice. The first book in the series “A Pedigree to Die For” with poodles on the cover and a murder and a dog show as the backdrop made this book and the subsequent titles of interest to me.
Since mysteries are not my genre of choice I had drifted away from this author but was thrilled to see a new one listed on NetGalley.
This book has all of the qualities expected from this reader of books from this author.
There is intrigue, mystery and a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. If your taste in books runs toward a cleanly written and teen friendly mystery you will love this book.
Get ready for the Christmas season with this newest Laurien Berenson, Melanie Travis Mystery. You won’t be disappointed.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development. The expected inclusion of many happy and healthy characters of the canine variety is as always a bonus in this Christmas Mystery.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this lovely short read, from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Prequel to TEMPTED BY HER BOSS
by Karen Erickson
Length: 67 Pages
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Matteo Renaldi may have lost his wife, but he takes care of his son.
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